The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory Administration has expressed concern over the recurring theft and vandalism of crucial flood containment infrastructure in Abuja.
Mr. Olusade Adesola, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, strongly condemns the ongoing incidents of theft and vandalism targeting expensive gully inlets, manhole covers, and other vital flood containment infrastructure within Abuja city.
Deteriorating Drainage Systems And Consequent Flooding
After conducting a comprehensive flood assessment tour over the weekend, the Permanent Secretary expressed his dismay at the stolen and vandalized gully inlets and manhole covers that were recently installed by the FCTA. The absence of these essential components has led to a significant decline in the effectiveness of drainage systems, resulting in increased instances of flooding on various city roads.
Targeting Of Inexpensive Infrastructure Raises Concerns
Surprisingly, even gully inlets and manhole covers made from ductile materials, which possess minimal second-hand value, have fallen victim to these acts of vandalism. This worrisome situation highlights the audacity and indiscriminate nature of the perpetrators in the Federal Capital Territory.
Unsustainable Vandalism Amid Limited Resources
Given the dwindling resources of the government and the presence of competing interests, the Permanent Secretary emphasizes that the incessant vandalism and theft of valuable public infrastructure and their accessories have become untenable within the FCT.
Collaborative Efforts for Prevention And Resolution
To address this pressing issue, Mr. Olusade urges FCT residents to actively collaborate with relevant security agencies by promptly reporting any suspicious or unusual activities. Such vigilance and cooperation are crucial in averting further damage and maintaining the safety and functionality of flood containment measures.
Insights From The Flood Assessment Tour
During the flood assessment tour, the Permanent Secretary visited areas like Lokogoma and Trademore, where the destructive impact of floods was evident. He also acknowledges the existence of localized flash floods caused by the suboptimal performance of drainage systems within the city. Efforts have been made to tackle these challenges, and the visit aimed to inspect the ongoing remedial works.
Collective Responsibility In Tackling Flooding
Mr. Olusade emphasizes that the responsibility for mitigating flooding lies with the entire community. He reveals that manhole covers installed on a particular road just last year have mysteriously disappeared, underscoring the need for collective action. Considering the presence of various law enforcement agencies in the Federal Capital City, he urges citizens and law enforcement alike to support the FCTA’s efforts in safeguarding lives and properties through the provision and maintenance of robust road infrastructure. Despite the substantial resources allocated for replacing stolen manholes, the cycle of theft continues unabated, with no arrests made thus far.
Reporting Unusual Incidents For Swift Response
The Permanent Secretary appeals to every citizen, encouraging them to report any suspicious occurrences through the emergency reporting hotline, 112. By promptly alerting law enforcement agencies, individuals can contribute significantly to resolving such situations and collectively ensure a flood-free environment in the FCT.
Evaluating The Cost Implications
Discussing the financial implications of the theft and replacement of flood containment infrastructure, the Permanent Secretary provides a glimpse into the staggering costs involved.